BREAKING: The logic of the American discourse!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018

The question you've never seen asked:
For Jim Acosta and April Ryan, the 2020 campaign began today. Today, during Donald J. Trump's press conference, they began working overtime to get Trump re-elected.

As we've told you again and again, the modern American upper-end press isn't an impressive group. Acosta and Ryan embarrassed themselves today—and set themselves about the task of winning votes for Trump.

(For videotape, click here.)

Needless to say, events like these raise basic questions about our self-exalting species, Homo sapiens. These questions are anthropological questions. They involve the nature of our severely limited intellectual tools.

"Seeing ourselves from afar," we've tended to think of ourselves as the soul-embued, consciousness-embued and even the "rational" species. (Seeing ourselves from afar, we've even described ourselves as the ones who were "made in God's image!") Concerning our claims to be "rational animals," have you ever seen the mainstream press corps in action?

Concerning the brilliance of our species, let's consider a basic question—a question you've never seen asked. Our rumination derives from a question asked today by CNN's Alisyn Camerota, one of the press corps' sensible / capable players.

On this morning's New Day, Camerota asked Kellyanne Conway if Donald J. Trump is concerned about an increase in oversight now that Democrats will be in control of the House. Kellyanne staged one of her standard heart attacks, though the question was perfectly obvious.

Now for the related question—the question you've never seen asked:

Question! Why are subpoena and investigatory powers restricted to the majority party in each congressional chamber? The party with 51 senators gets to stage investigations. The party with 49 senators can't.

Can you think of any reason why the system works that way? What would be wrong with letting both parties stage oversight in a situation like that?

Some forms of power can't be shared, of course. That doesn't seem to be true in this case. We have no idea why the power to stage an investigation can go to only one party. But as you know, that's the way it works.

Why haven't Democrats been able to investigate Donald J. Trump? Go ahead! Admit the truth! That question is blindingly obvious, but you've never seen it asked!

How rational are we rational animals? We ask, you decide.

29 comments:

  1. Homo sapiens? Yes, Homo sapiens!

    Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts over efforts to include girls. Nicholas Sakelaris reports for UPI.

    https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/11/07/Girl-Scouts-sue-Boy-Scouts-over-efforts-to-include-girls/9771541602514/

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    1. MY NAME IS VICKY AND I AM FROM SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA,I WANT TO SHARE A
      TESTIMONY OF A SPELL CASTER WHO REUNITE MY MARRIAGE WENT HIS POWERFUL SPELL
      CASTER.AND I ALSO WANT TO USE THIS OPPORTUNITIES TO WARN THOSE OUT THERE
      READING FAKE TESTIMONY ON SOCIAL NETWORK.BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN SCAMMED BY SO
      MANY FAKE SPELL CASTER. BE CAREFUL HERE BECAUSE NOBODY CAN HELP YOU HERE OR
      EVEN SUGGEST HOW YOU CAN GET YOUR EX OR LOVER BACK, TESTIMONIES OF MOST
      SPELL CASTER HERE MUST BE IGNORE.BECAUSE MOST OF THEM ARE SCAM I MEAN REAL
      SCAM WHICH I WAS A VICTIM OF BEFORE, I GOT RIPPED OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
      BECAUSE I WAS SO ANXIOUS TO GET MY HUSBAND BACK AFTER HE LEFT ME FOR OVER 2
      YEARS WITH MY 7 YEARS OLD SON HARRY,I HAVE APPLIED TO 5 DIFFERENT SPELL
      CASTER HERE AND ALL TO NO AVAIL THEY ALL ASK FOR SAME THING SEND YOUR NAME
      YOUR EX NAME ADDRESS AND PICTURE PHONE NUMBER ETC WHICH I DID OVER AND OVER
      AGAIN AND MOST OF THEM WERE FROM WEST AFRICA UNTIL I SAW A POST ABOUT DR
      ALEXZANDER SPELL AND I DECIDED TO GAVE HIM MY LAST TRAIL.HE ASK ME FOUR
      THINGS MY REAL NAME,MY EX AND MY EX MOTHER NAME AND SAID MY EX WILL COME
      BACK IN 48HOURS, I HAVE SPEND ON SPELL CASTING AND NOTHING HAVE WORK FOR ME
      AFTER 2 DAYS I WAS THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH I HAVE LOST SO FAR SO I SAID LET
      ME GIVE HIM A TRY SO I CALLED HIM AGAIN AND SEND MY REAL NAME,MY EX AND MY
      EX MOTHER NAME. BECAUSE I SWEAR IT WAS MY LAST TRY SO I WAS WAITING AS HE
      TOLD ME TO WAIT TILL NEXT DAY AND I COULD NOT SLEEP THAT NIGHT BECAUSE I
      REALLY LOVE MY HUSBAND AND WANT HIM BACK SO MUCH, THAT DAY I SAW MY HUSBAND
      WAS ONLINE ON FACEBOOK AND HE SAID HI AT FIRST I WAS SHOCK BECAUSE HE
      NEVER TALK WITH ME FOR THE PAST A YEAR AND 11 MONTH NOW I DID NOT REPLY
      AGAIN HE SAID ARE YOU THERE? I QUICKLY REPLY YES AND HE SAID CAN WE SEE
      TOMORROW I SAID YES AND HE WENT OFF-LINE I WAS CONFUSED I TRY TO CHAT WITH
      HIM AGAIN BUT HE WAS NO MORE ON LINE I COULD NOT SLEEP THAT NIGHT AS I WAS
      WONDERING WHAT HE IS GOING TO SAY, BY 9.AM THE NEXT MORNING HE GAVE ME A
      MISS CALL I DECIDED NOT TO CALL BACK AS I WAS STILL ON SHOCK AGAIN HE
      CALLED AND I PICK HE SAID CAN WE SEE AFTER WORK TODAY I SAID YES SO HE END
      THE CALL. IMMEDIATELY I GOT OFF WORK HE CALL ME AND WE MEET AND NOW WE ARE
      BACK AGAIN I CALL DR ALEXZANDER THE NEXT DAY THANKING HIM FOR WHAT HE HAS
      DONE IN FACT I STILL CALL HIM AND THANK HIM AS MY LIFE WAS NOT COMPLETE
      WITHOUT MY HUSBAND PLEASE BE CAREFUL HERE I HAVE BEEN SCAM THOUSANDS OF
      DOLLARS IF YOU WANT A TRUE LOVE SPELL THEN CONTACT..alexzanderhightemple@gmail.com.

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  2. Acosta's White House press pass was taken away because he pushed an intern who was trying to take the mic from him during Trump's press conference.

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed Acosta's tweet in a statement, claiming the suspension of his press credentials stemmed from his "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern." She called the behavior "absolutely unacceptable."
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    Acosta continued to try to talk as the intern was seen trying to take the microphone from his hand. She grabbed the microphone but Acosta wouldn't give it up and there was brief contact between the two.

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    1. Public Service Announcement: DAinCA is a moral and intellectual idiot. You may ignore as fictional anything he claims as fact. You may go to https://www.nbcwashington.com/multimedia/ to find the video. Acosta talks to Trump, gesturing with his left arm upraised, and holding the microphone with his right. An intern tries twice to take the microphone by reaching over his left arm with her right arm. He simply turns away from her. The intern tries a third time to take the microphone by reaching under Acosta's left arm with her left arm. She succeeds in grabbing the microphone and in the process she touches his right hand with her left hand and forces her left arm against his left arm.

      She touched him. Neither "pushed" the other. Acosta never changed his stance except to turn slightly to his right to avoid the intern's initial grasps.

      Sanders is, as usual, lying, and DAinCA, as usual swallows the lie whole.

      Sanders did call "the behavior 'absolutely unacceptable'", but remember that every accusation by these people is a confession.

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    2. You are a lying sack of shit, David. And apparently the White House Press Secretary is pushing a doctored video by Infowars. We are now in "1984" territory.

      White House appears to share Jim Acosta mic grab video doctored by far-right Infowars https://www.businessinsider.com/jim-acosta-video-white-house-appears-from-infowars-2018-11

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    3. NIght-shift dembots ❤ goebbelsian establishment media.

      Nothing new here, I suppose...

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    4. Sarah Huckabee Sanders "shared a doctored clip of the incident, which had apparently been produced by Infowars," says Josh Marshall:

      https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/white-house-releases-doctored-video-to-back-up-attack-on-acosta

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    5. I watched it undoctored as part of watching the entire press conference. I don't know anything about any later clips that may or may not have been doctored. When the intern grabbed the mic, it looked to me as if he might have pushed her arm very slightly. But, regardless how softly he pushed the intern's arm, his behavior was intolerable. When asked to stop talking, sit down, and relinquish the mic, he should have done those things. When the intern took the mic, he surely should have let her take it from him. He's just a reporter invited to attend. It's the President's press conference.

      BTW I never saw a reporter behave that way at President Obama's press conferences. Such behavior toward Mr. Obama would have been unthinkable.

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    6. Comrade DinC's comment shows that fascist pricks tend to see what they expect to see.

      Who gives a fuck what you think you saw, you depraved fascist worshipper. It is an object fact that the White House, the Executive Branch of our national government, exercising all the powers vested therein, is purposefully spreading doctored videos in a clear calculated attempt to incite their racist deplorable base into more divisive hatred of the free press exercising their constitutionally protected rights.\

      Go fuck yourself, David, you twisted warped old John Bircher.

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    7. Public Service Announcement, on target and appreciated, let's stop empowering these people by responding to them.

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    8. 11:23,
      I saw Trump attempt to drop the "big leg" on the reporter, but his humungous ass got in the way.

      This making up shit is fun!

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  3. Question for US citizens:

    Does the president "run the country"?

    Does the president determine who sits and who stands?

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    1. I disliked that comment of Trump's. The President runs the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. To some degree he sets a direction for the country. But, he doesn't run the country.

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  4. "Today, during Donald J. Trump's press conference, they began working overtime to get Trump re-elected"

    Sounds like bullshit, but if that's true: god bless them. Down with the lib-zombie globalist death-cult.

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    1. Could you explain the basis for your position that there is a "lib-zombie globalist death cult" and why there isn't such a thing as a "Trump/right wing zombie globalist death cult"

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    2. Dear dembot,
      incidentally, lib-zombie globalist death-cult is right-wing. It serves global capital.

      And the Trump revolution is precisely left-wing; launched, back in 2016, by the working people. That's not complicated.

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  5. Would Somerby care to say why Acosta and Ryan were embarrassing, in his humble opinion, or why Trump’s behavior shouldn’t cause more people to turn away from him rather than help ensure his re-election?

    Somerby wants the press to do their job, to try to get an answer out of a pathological liar, and chides them when he thinks they fail to do this. But when they press Trump for answers, he blows up and revokes their clearance, and Somerby chides...the press.

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    1. @9:20 AM - the BBC answered your question.

      The BBC reported:

      "Jim Acosta was called on by the president to ask a question.

      "I'll say that again. He was called on by Donald Trump to ask whatever question he liked. And when he'd finished asking one, he then asked another - with interruption follow-ups in between.

      "It was only when he attempted his third question - or possibly fourth depending on how you define the follow-ups - that the president got angry and asked him to sit down.

      "There ensued a tussle with the mic. And weirdly ridiculous words from the president about him being a rude and terrible person.

      "I'm pretty sure Acosta never intended to "mistouch" the young female intern. He was just trying to hold on to the mic.

      "So let's take a step back. What happened in that room was not the ultimate fight for press freedom. This wasn't someone risking life and limb against a regime where freedom of speech is forbidden. This was a bloke sitting in a room full of colleagues who were all trying to ask questions too.

      "This was a man who'd had his turn and had been told he couldn't hog the whole time."

      https://www.bbc.com/news/46147166?ocid=socialflow_twitter

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    2. They should have a remote control, to be able to switch the mic off. Turn it off, and let goebbels of the day keep it for a while, till he stops convulsing and regain enough consciousness to let it go.

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    3. As long as there are reporters like Jim Acosta, doing their damn job and not afraid to challenge Little Donny "The Coward" Chickenshit's gushing stream of LIES to the American people for whom he works and despicable grotesque racist provocations, I will be confident that our Democratic Republic.

      Most of us proud Americans do not bow or bend our knees to narcissistic lying asshole Cowards would be dictators. So fuck you very much, David in sunny California.

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    4. I will be confident that our Democratic Republic will survive this living nightmare.

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  6. Somerby needs to think about his blogging. How does he suggest the press ought to handle a monstrous abomination, a sociopath, narcissist, authoritarian? We are in uncharted territory here, but Somerby still thinks it’s the year 2000.

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  7. Did you know that millions died in the gas chambers because someone in the press once called Hitler a Schweinhund? Moral of the story: never speak the truth, Press.

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  8. Canada apologizes for turning away Jewish refugee ship in 1939.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46105488

    Cuba and the US had already turned them away. As far as I know, Comrade Stalin didn't invite them to seek refuge in Russia.

    This incident is a good precedent for Mr Trump turning Central American refugees away.

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  9. "The logic of the American discourse!"

    Funniest title ever!

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  10. “Why haven't Democrats been able to investigate Donald J. Trump? Go ahead! Admit the truth! That question is blindingly obvious, but you've never seen it asked!”

    It’s called “rules and procedures of the House and Senate.” Being parliamentary bodies, they abide by mutually agreed on rules.

    The minority party can’t issue subpoenas or compel testimony. The legal authorities wouldn’t allow it, up to and including the Supreme Court.

    And there’s the added reason that, if Dems were to investigate the president, Somerby would just do one of his posts/rants “Yay!Yay!Yay! Liberals want to put The Others in jail. It’s all we know!”

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  11. Tell us again: How exactly does the behavior of Acosta or Ryan translate into votes for Trump? Didn’t exactly shake out that way in the recent House election, so ...?

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    TESTIMONY OF A SPELL CASTER WHO REUNITE MY MARRIAGE WENT HIS POWERFUL SPELL
    CASTER.AND I ALSO WANT TO USE THIS OPPORTUNITIES TO WARN THOSE OUT THERE
    READING FAKE TESTIMONY ON SOCIAL NETWORK.BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN SCAMMED BY SO
    MANY FAKE SPELL CASTER. BE CAREFUL HERE BECAUSE NOBODY CAN HELP YOU HERE OR
    EVEN SUGGEST HOW YOU CAN GET YOUR EX OR LOVER BACK, TESTIMONIES OF MOST
    SPELL CASTER HERE MUST BE IGNORE.BECAUSE MOST OF THEM ARE SCAM I MEAN REAL
    SCAM WHICH I WAS A VICTIM OF BEFORE, I GOT RIPPED OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
    BECAUSE I WAS SO ANXIOUS TO GET MY HUSBAND BACK AFTER HE LEFT ME FOR OVER 2
    YEARS WITH MY 7 YEARS OLD SON HARRY,I HAVE APPLIED TO 5 DIFFERENT SPELL
    CASTER HERE AND ALL TO NO AVAIL THEY ALL ASK FOR SAME THING SEND YOUR NAME
    YOUR EX NAME ADDRESS AND PICTURE PHONE NUMBER ETC WHICH I DID OVER AND OVER
    AGAIN AND MOST OF THEM WERE FROM WEST AFRICA UNTIL I SAW A POST ABOUT DR
    ALEXZANDER SPELL AND I DECIDED TO GAVE HIM MY LAST TRAIL.HE ASK ME FOUR
    THINGS MY REAL NAME,MY EX AND MY EX MOTHER NAME AND SAID MY EX WILL COME
    BACK IN 48HOURS, I HAVE SPEND ON SPELL CASTING AND NOTHING HAVE WORK FOR ME
    AFTER 2 DAYS I WAS THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH I HAVE LOST SO FAR SO I SAID LET
    ME GIVE HIM A TRY SO I CALLED HIM AGAIN AND SEND MY REAL NAME,MY EX AND MY
    EX MOTHER NAME. BECAUSE I SWEAR IT WAS MY LAST TRY SO I WAS WAITING AS HE
    TOLD ME TO WAIT TILL NEXT DAY AND I COULD NOT SLEEP THAT NIGHT BECAUSE I
    REALLY LOVE MY HUSBAND AND WANT HIM BACK SO MUCH, THAT DAY I SAW MY HUSBAND
    WAS ONLINE ON FACEBOOK AND HE SAID HI AT FIRST I WAS SHOCK BECAUSE HE
    NEVER TALK WITH ME FOR THE PAST A YEAR AND 11 MONTH NOW I DID NOT REPLY
    AGAIN HE SAID ARE YOU THERE? I QUICKLY REPLY YES AND HE SAID CAN WE SEE
    TOMORROW I SAID YES AND HE WENT OFF-LINE I WAS CONFUSED I TRY TO CHAT WITH
    HIM AGAIN BUT HE WAS NO MORE ON LINE I COULD NOT SLEEP THAT NIGHT AS I WAS
    WONDERING WHAT HE IS GOING TO SAY, BY 9.AM THE NEXT MORNING HE GAVE ME A
    MISS CALL I DECIDED NOT TO CALL BACK AS I WAS STILL ON SHOCK AGAIN HE
    CALLED AND I PICK HE SAID CAN WE SEE AFTER WORK TODAY I SAID YES SO HE END
    THE CALL. IMMEDIATELY I GOT OFF WORK HE CALL ME AND WE MEET AND NOW WE ARE
    BACK AGAIN I CALL DR ALEXZANDER THE NEXT DAY THANKING HIM FOR WHAT HE HAS
    DONE IN FACT I STILL CALL HIM AND THANK HIM AS MY LIFE WAS NOT COMPLETE
    WITHOUT MY HUSBAND PLEASE BE CAREFUL HERE I HAVE BEEN SCAM THOUSANDS OF
    DOLLARS IF YOU WANT A TRUE LOVE SPELL THEN CONTACT..alexzanderhightemple@gmail.com.

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